A pet peeve of many has been circulating Facebook. You may already know the one I’m referring to. Which is the RIGHT way to put on a roll of toilet paper: so the paper will roll from the front or from the back?There are serious arguments over this!?!? Before I was married, I worked as a housekeeper at a local hotel. We were taught to place the toilet paper a certain way because the end was to be folded in a triangle. For the sake of my job, there was a right way. Years later as a homemaker with my busy household, I’m just thankful when someone (other than me) actually replaces the empty roll with a full one. The fact that toilet paper is there, within reach, should be a blessing in itself. My children’s successes or failures in life are not traced back to how they placed the toilet paper in the bathroom! Does it really matter which direction it falls from the roll? If today, a roll of toilet paper in your home is placed the wrong way, would you still be able to remember that and be upset ten years from now? Or does it really matter?
Since we’re on the subject of the bathroom, what about that toilet seat? I’ve taught my children to be courteous when using someone else’s bathroom: leave it as you found it. Some households prefer the seat up, others down. In my house, the toilet has a lid; please close it. In the event that the lid is forgotten, it takes all of two seconds to situate seat and lid for personal use. No big deal. The collapse or continuation of American society is not linked to how the toilet seat is positioned!
Having six children has created a few pet peeves that I did not have previous to my marriage. One of those is not wearing clean socks. If one of my children decides to wear the same shirt two days in a row, that doesn’t bug me (provided it doesn’t have yesterday’s meals all over it). But if that same child tries to get away with wearing a pair of socks two days in a row, I come unglued!
What’s the difference between a shirt and socks? A LOT!! Our feet give us a quick, overall picture of our health and wellness. Feet sweat! Some of our feet sweat more than others’ and that sweat contains toxins that our bodies are releasing. Did you know that your feet affect your taste buds? Don’t believe me? Go to the store and buy a tin of Altoids (R). I don’t advise getting Cinnamon flavored. When you get home, place one Altoid mint between your toes. Wait. It may be faint, but soon you will begin to taste that Altoid! Makes you wish you washed your feet before trying it, huh? 😉
Is my dirty socks pet peeve irrational? No! In ten years, my children’s health could be eroding because they don’t change their socks. By wearing dirty socks, they are not only risking their overall health, but their foot health as well. They may be more prone to Athlete’s Foot (fungal infection) or ingrown toenails that rather infect than heal. We could even begin to discuss the possible dietary implications due to poor foot health affecting the taste buds!
Pet peeves. Everyone has them. Is it worth getting bent out of shape over them? That depends on whether there is a rational or irrational merit to them. There’s a simple way to decide if you should make a fuss or not. If it is something that will affect you or someone else ten years from now, then be courteous and kind when you bring it to another’s attention. Make sure you plainly state your case, with factual evidence, without being critical of the other person. If it won’t matter in ten years, don’t worry about it! Your life is far more valuable than the stress created by pet peeve conflicts. NO relationship is worth destroying over something as silly as dirty socks, toilet paper, or toilet seats.